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Michelin Guide Purchases 40% of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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A century ago, the Michelin tire company expanded into guidebooks to help motorists find hotels and restaurants on their travels. Its ratings (sometimes controversial, often attacked as stodgy) have since become an indispensable shorthand for ranking the world’s top restaurants. To be sure, there are other systems, from the hyper-local Yelp to the ambitious San Pellegrino “Top 50” ratings. But Michelin, the oldest, carries a special cachet. Point being, consumers needed guidance, advice, information. In the days before the internet,… Read more »

Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy, Burgundy’s Most Powerful Woman

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The first time I met Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy about ten years ago, I was intimidated by this diminutive figure who was at least four inches shorter than me. Her snow-white, shoulder-length hair was pulled back in a low pony tail and her piercing blue eyes, the color of clear summer sky, seemed to look right into your soul. It wasn’t just her reputation as the grand dame of Burgundy, one of the most powerful women in wine, formerly at the… Read more »

Angelus Expands Second Label, Le Carillon d’Angelus

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Saint Emilion first growth wine estate Chateau Angelus is pressing ahead with expansion plans this year and keeping up its hopes for a high-quality 2017 vintage, even as it grapples with the loss of 20 percent of its crop from the worst frost in a quarter century to hit Bordeaux. Construction of a new winery for its second label, Le Carillon d’Angelus, starts in September and is due for completion by July next year, in time for the 2018 harvest…. Read more »

Vinexpo Bordeaux Kicks Off This Week

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For the first six months of every second year, whispers circulate around the wine community of Bordeaux—will you be going to Vinexpo? Winemakers and merchants begin preparing for this sizable professional event weeks and sometimes months in advance. This year Vinexpo Bordeaux kicks off on the 18th of June and lasts through the 21st. Close to 50,000 visitors from 150 countries will mingle, swirl, taste, dine, attend conferences and swap business cards within 15 covered acres (6 hectares) where more than 2,300… Read more »

Only 10% Price Increase for Haut-Brion, Mouton Rothschild 2016

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Chateau Haut-Brion, a Bordeaux wine estate on the southern edge of the city, and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, further north up the Gironde estuary, held price increases to less than 10 percent for their 2016 vintage, compared with double-digit jumps set by rival growers, according to Liv-ex data. Haut-Brion boosted the price of its 2016 wine from Bordeaux merchants by 9.1 percent from 2015 levels, while Mouton raised its price 9.4 percent, according to Liv-ex. The moves took the prices of both… Read more »

Buy These Bordeaux 2016 Wines Now, Guarantee Provenance

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I sat next to a Chinese wine collector at a dinner in Hong Kong last week and he showed me six emails from different wine merchants–from London, New York and Hong Kong–urging him to buy Bordeaux 2016 en primeur. He smiled and shook his head, “Why should I buy a wine in barrel that I have to wait 20 years to drink at a price that is more expensive than delicious mature vintages that I can enjoy now? Do they think… Read more »

Bordeaux 2016: Will Politics Impact The Vintage?

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The big wine story is taking place in Bordeaux, where several thousand enthusiastic merchants and journalists are being welcomed. They’re swooping in from around the globe for en primeur, the region’s famous annual spring ritual. (Some call it a circus.)

Bordeaux 2016 En Primeur Begins To High Demand

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Olivier Bernard, head of the Union des Grands Crus (UGC), which is hosting Bordeaux 2016 en primeur tastings this week alongside individual estates, said that member estates have already seen 6,500 people come to taste. That’s around 2,000 more than normal at this stage.

Sotheby’s Withdraws Magnum Of 1959 Romanée-Conti From Upcoming Sale Pending Investigation

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Auction house Sotheby’s has withdrawn a magnum of 1959 Romanée-Conti from its next London sale after a query surrounding a strip label it carries. The magnum of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti was due to be sold during the London leg of the ‘A Monumental Collection from the Cellars of a Connoisseur’ sale on 29 March.

A New Look Coming To Bordeaux?

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Traditional wine labels from the Bordeaux region of France are changing, slowly. Inspect a half-dozen labels: many include an image—drawn or photographed—of a stately country manor, often with vines planted out front. These less than exciting and hardly eye-catching images focus on the château (plural: châteaux)—the residence associated with a vineyard.

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